We return to Taiyuan by bus and eventually decide to return to Chengdu.
13.04.2012 - 15.04.2012 80 °F
Return to Taiyuan, Food Poisoning And Plans Canceled
We got up early again this morning (0600) had breakfast and got on the bus which would take us to the bus station where we caught the bus to Taiyuan at around 0830. The trip was 75 Yuan. We got back to Taiyuan at 1230 and got to the hotel BHTL at 1330. The hotel was 168 Yuan a night with breakfast. Our fellow travelers then set out to visit Jinci Temple and we decided to do a little shopping in the area of the tea market. It did not take us long to realize that there was really no local tea to be had and so we had an early lunch at a Dicos, a fake KFC we had seen in Emei City as well as Chengdu. This was a big mistake. I ordered the special thinking it was a chicken sandwich but it turned out to be a shrimp patty sandwich. When I first bit into the sandwich, I knew I should not eat it. It probably had been sitting in the display case for several hours. I broke a cardinal rule for traveling in China - never, ever eat anything that has not been cooked in front of you. I spent the rest of that day and all of the next day, sick in bed and very miserable. All I could do was drink lots of liquids and hope for the best. I did get some pictures of our bus trip from Wutai Mountain to Taiyuan.
We spent one more day in Taiyuan and I immediately trashed the rest of the planned trip for airline tickets (1360 Yuan) back to Chengdu where we planned to spend our time visiting parts of Chengdu then visiting our friends in Emei City. Seems there is something to the concept of - The best laid plans of . . .
Return to Chengdu
Our plane left at 1045 from Taiyuan and arrived back to Chengdu at 1300. We immediately caught taxis to the hotel by the north gate of SWJTU. We then found an internet cafe and then got a massage across the street from the hotel. I was still not over the food poisoning so we retired early.